“Prove true, imagination, oh, prove true!”
It was a busy summer at The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre as we moved out of our home at 2111 Sansom St, and set our eyes and vision ahead to the future. While our stage productions are taking a temporary hiatus as our Artistic / Executive Director, Carmen Khan, continues to recover from cancer surgery and as we look to identify a new stage home for our theatre, we still have a lot of exciting programs and events ahead! Not only have we expanded our educational program offerings in schools across the region, but we’re also excited to launch our All the World’s A Stage School Tour Program this spring with a three-week touring production of Hamlet. Additionally we have two upcoming Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series scheduled this fall at The Free Library of Philadelphia, with more dates and additional events in the new year to be announced soon. We can’t thank all of our faithful Shakespeare supporters enough as you remain as devoted to our mission as ever, and continue to help us through this transformative period on our Theatre’s journey.
Our mission to inspire through the works of Shakespeare continues.
Shakespeare is all of us. He wrote for the common man. His characters come from all strata of society and his plays explore an encyclopedia of human issues and conditions. That’s why his work resonates with us all on such a deep human level. He created drama of incomparable power and exquisite poetry, drawing from a vast, universal emotional vocabulary. Shakespeare’s stories have helped us all learn how to cope with ambition, jealousy, triumph, grief, faith, loss, prejudice, hope, despair, love.
In fact, in a recent article entitled “How to Think Like Shakespeare”, the author spoke on the ever-growing importance of the Bard in today’s age of standardized testing, noting that “Shakespeare’s education furnished him with an inventory of words, concepts, names, and plots that he would reinvent throughout his career. Immersion in distant, difficult texts enlarges your mind and your world, providing for a lifetime of further inquiry. […] In short, the best way for you to prepare for the unforeseen future is to learn how to think intensively and imaginatively.” It should come as no wonder that Shakespeare is the only author specifically and explicitly referenced in National Common Core educational standards. Shakespeare is the standard.
We’ve spent over 20 years perfecting Shakespeare on stage and in classrooms, and we’re excited to continue these inexhaustible efforts for many years to come. We hope you all will continue to join us on this exciting and ever-changing path forward.